We have a systematic energy-management system with DIN EN ISO 50001 certification. The goal of the internationally applicable standard is to increase energy efficiency and the energy performance of companies. A continual improvement process helps achieve this goal.
Hanover (Germany) and Garbsen (Germany) are our pilot sites regarding compliance with the ISO standard. Participation in the Netzwerk Energieeffizienz Hannover-Harz (Hannover-Harz Energy-efficiency network) helps us gain from the experience of other companies and vice versa. In future, we’d like to implement the certified energy-management system at other production and fabrication sites.
Checks are vital if we want to improve. Which is why we measure consumption of electricity, gas, oil and water. This also helps is to identify, and if necessary optimise, areas with comparatively high electricity consumption. For example, modifying the lighting at the Huntersville (US) site led to a 15% saving in the energy required for that purpose. The Garbsen (Germany) site even achieved savings of 26%.
In addition to saving energy, energy recovery is also an important factor. For example, we plan to harness the energy emitted from the afterburner for heating purposes and/or for generating electricity.
We present and monitor our efficiency using statistics based on defined key energy figures and load profiles (= average power consumed by a piece of machinery or equipment).
Since 2011, our sites managed to cut annual electricity consumption per square metre of finished material by 28%.
Forbo Movement Systems takes a responsible approach to production by using MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems). These allow management and control of production in real time. MES provide vital instruments for enhancing efficiency.
When purchasing, we’re also guided by economic, ecological and social criteria. This applies to both the selection of energy sources and to the purchase of machinery and equipment that consume energy. In redevelopments or new builds we pay particular attention to heat insulation, to ensuring no drafts occur and to optimum usage of rooms.